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Yuletide! Yuletide! Yultiiiiide!

Dear Yulevictim,

I would like a pony. Or a magical sparkly unicorn with wings. Also for you to write a story without having an aneurism, so if the thought of a long and detailed letter fills you with fear, now might be the time to go write something based on my signup requests without reading further.

So, first thing's first: I do not have highbrow tastes. Idfic, yay. Issuefic, boo. Cheesy oldschool h/c with purple prose: delicious. Realistic fic about permanent disability: horrifying. Sex pollen, aliens made them do it, kinky dubcon sex while undercover: awesome. Carefully negotiated safe, sane, and consensual risk aware kink: ultimate boner-killer. Presumed dead/MPDJK/secret resurrection powers: totally the best trope of all time. Serious deathfic about the grieving process: Waaaaaaaaaaah. Dirtybadwrong or wacky caper hijinks: yes please! Introspective, lyrical character studies or srs bzns: god, please, no.

Ironic distance: bad. FEELS: good.

Here, allow me to illustrate my id and aesthetic preferences with some LKBVs... err... celebrations of the end of Miami Vice season 4 and the beginning of season 5, the most profound and beautiful love story every to grace a television screen. The tragedy of loss! The joy of fridging reunion! (What, you thought a buddy cop's wife would last the season? Ha ha ha.) All the fun of getting amnesia, turning into an evil drug lord, and murdering your partner with none of the consequences!

Yup, that's my id.

I often like canons that deal with serious social issues somewhere in them, and I like many minority characters. I usually like these canons and characters for their humor and for the deft touch they have with the serious stuff. I'd much rather get something funny and fun or melodramatic and campy for Yuletide than a treatise on social problems. Just saying.

Smoke Signals
Victor Joseph, Thomas Builds-the-Fire

This is a fantastic movie with one of the best nerd characters ever committed to celluloid. Thomas Builds-the-Fire is the BEST! Tumblr agrees with me if the vast quantity of "Thomas for President" and "Frybread Power" t-shirt posts tagged 'NDN' are anything to go by. I really want one of those t-shirts. ;_; (I'm sure I could get one, but I'd feel weird wearing it.) I am not an indian, did not grow up with Thomas as the only image of me in media, and will probably not notice if you get some stuff wrong. Just no mystical spirit animals and O face in the sky, okay?

I've read a few of Sherman Alexie's books too, including The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Reservation Blues, which also feature Thomas and Victor. I am requesting the movie because it has a single, linear narrative without those interesting digressions where Thomas goes to jail for being a champion bullshit artist or you have to decide if Big Mom is actually god or what. However, if you love Alexie and would like to incorporate something from the books into your story, by all means!

What I love about Smoke Signals is how funny it is and how much it deals with individual people, quirks and warts and all; it's not afraid to tackle unpleasant subjects, but it's never didactic or trite. It's also not horribly depressing. I like the changes from This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, great though that story is, because I am a gigantic wuss and I want everyone to live happily ever after. The story ends with Thomas basically telling Victor he forgives him for how he's about to go back to treating Thomas like shit, and Victor feels guilty but is going to do it anyway. The movie is more ambiguous and upbeat, but I still wonder if movie!Victor and Thomas would be friends later. I hope so! But I'm not convinced even movie!Victor gets how awesome Thomas is. And, in fact, that's the story I would most like: Victor learning to appreciate Thomas.

Yes, in bed.

I joke. I joke. You are welcome to write something about their friendship too, but I do ship them hardcore. Thomas' crush on Victor is adorable. I love how sweet and giving he is. I like their weird connection in the books where Victor seems to have hated and bullied Thomas at points but also invites him to do drugs with himself and... whoever the other dude in that story was (Junior? some other Junior?) and misses Thomas' stories when Thomas finally gets mad and stops telling them to him. I like Reservation Blues where Thomas loses his virginity, gets a hot girlfriend, and gets out while Victor has unhappy hoyay with Junior Polatkin. No, really, what was up with that part where Thomas comes back to the van to find them fucking groupies but the phrasing makes it sound like it's just the two of them at first? In some other book, I'd think it was bad writing, but we're talking about the author of The Toughest Indian in the World, about which he's said:

"When I wrote it I honestly didn't think about the reaction people would have to it. It's funny—it really brings up the homophobia in people. When a straight guy like me writes about a homoerotic experience in the first person with a narrator who is very similar to me—I could see people dying to ask me if it was autobiographical. They always ask in regard to everything else, but no one's asked me about that story. In the Seattle paper here, the critic called it a 'graphic act of homosexuality' and I thought 'graphic?' There's nothing graphic about it at all. It was three sentences. He talked about me being a 'literary rabble-rouser' again."

The rest of the interview is hilarious too. Oh, and Alexie is also responsible for this masterpiece of trolling about basketball and naked dudes. Academics have devoted much ink to how freakin' gay much of his work is, even the stuff that's not, you know, actually about that explicitly. Smoke Signals is frankly far less full of hoyay or gay experiences than the rest of his oeuvre, but still: Thomas/Victor 4eva! *ship ship ship*

I'd love to see where movie!Thomas and Victor end up. Hopefully, it's less bleak than Victor's future as seen in Reservation Blues.

And if you need further encouragement to go watch the most adorable character of all time this movie, here is a beautiful vid:

(On AO3 here. Go leave feedback.)

Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Clara Talboys, George Talboys, Robert Audley

Yes, I do indeed mean this request as an incestuous threesome. I hope you are not put off by that, not just because I hope you'll write it but because I don't know how anyone can get to the end of this book without thinking there's something highly peculiar going on between the three of them.

For those of you who haven't read it, Lady Audley's Secret is a sensation novel, a Victorian genre known for secret babies and other soap opera dramatics. Allow me to spoil its cracktastic plot for you, or you can read it on Project Gutenberg.

It starts with a description of a Perfect Innocent Angel of a woman marrying Sir Michael Audley and with a purple prose description of his house, its garden, and the old well on the grounds. There is so much purple prose that it's possible you will miss that this is all foreshadowing. Possible but not likely. (The well is really deep and in a secluded part of the garden, by the way. Did we mention there's a well in the garden? And the woman is totally innocent and doll-like and perfect. She also has a ring that she keeps hidden. I wonder what that's about?) Then we move on to Robert Audley, a lazy and non-practicing lawyer and nephew to Sir Michael. The beginning of the novel devotes a great deal of time to how little Robert cares about absolutely anything. He's a sweet guy though: he takes in stray dogs and is a soft touch. His apartment is filled with canaries and geraniums. He spends most of his time reading dirty French novels and having decidedly tepid emotional reactions.

Into this soporific idyl comes George Talboys, an old school friend of Robert's who has recently come back from Australia. George's father disinherited him when he married a poor girl, so George ran off to make his fortune by doing strapping, manly things involving looking for gold and fighting off carnivorous fauna with his bare hands and so on. George left several years ago and has just gotten off the boat when he runs into Robert. They are overjoyed, despite not having seen each other since school, and George drags Robert along to search for news of his wife who he abandoned to go looking for gold. (Note: George thinks this was a totally normal and healthy decision that she will totally not still be mad about now that he is rich. He hasn't written to her or heard anything about her since he left. George is not very smart about women.)

To George's horror, it turns out his wife died just a few days before he got back. What a coincidence! What terrible bad luck! (Spoiler: yeah right.) George immediately descends into a depression and has no idea what to do with himself. Robert takes him off to see his father in law and the kid he abandoned. There is an old portrait of George in the house. There are no pictures of the dead wife. The only memento is a lock of her hair, which has been Greatly Changed By Illness and is straight instead of curly. (Spoiler: yes, all of this is deeply unsubtle foreshadowing.)

Poor George is distraught. He wants to run away to Australia again. Robert tells him to stick around and take care of his kid, but George is having none of it: he makes Robert the kid's guardian, gives him his fortune for this purpose, and insists he's leaving the country. Except that there are no ships for Australia for another month, so he ends up going home with Robert instead. After a month, right when the next ship should be leaving, Robert decides they should go to St. Petersburg "for the winter" because... reasons.

A year after finding out about his wife, George is getting out of his mourning duds. The narrator casually drops into this description the fact that they spent half the year in St. Petersburg and the other half at Robert's apartment in London. (So much for going back to Australia!) Now, they finally make it down to Audley Court, home of Sir Michael and his new wife. Also Robert's cousin who is in love with him and who he feels tepidly about as he does about all things. There is a lot of weirdness about Sir Michael's wife avoiding seeing visitors. (Yes, it's blatantly suspicious.) Robert takes George "fishing", by which Robert actually means taking a nap on the riverbank because trying to catch fish involves effort and activity, two things alien to him. While Robert is sleeping, George wanders off to Audley Court and disappears. NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN. (Kind of.)

When Robert wakes up and can't find George anywhere, he has feelings. Very un-tepid feelings. Lots of them. The more he investigates, the more sure he becomes that something Terrible has happened to his friend. More purple prose about feelings and smiting one's breast ensue. Where could George be? How could he have disappeared in this sleepy little town? Where did he go after he was last seen arriving at Audley Court? What a mystery! (Spoiler: Yes, Lady Audley is his "late" wife. Yes, she pushed him down the well. Trust me, you will figure this out long, long, long before the book deigns to confirm it.)

Not only does Robert undergo a rapid personality transplant, he spends chapter after chapter marveling at this fact and being bewildered and annoyed that he feels so strongly about George in passages like the following:

"Who would have thought that I could have grown so fond of the fellow," he muttered, "or feel so lonely without him? I've a comfortable little fortune in the three per cents.; I'm heir presumptive to my uncle's title; and I know of a certain dear little girl who, as I think, would do her best to make me happy; but I declare that I would freely give up all, and stand penniless in the world to-morrow, if this mystery could be satisfactorily cleared away, and George Talboys could stand by my side."

Once Robert is pretty sure George has been murdered, he finally makes his way to George's estranged father's house where he meets George's hot sister and the family gives him a cold welcome. Robert, never the most energetic of souls, decides that if they don't care what happened to George, he might as well leave it alone and go back to being lazy before unspecified horrible things occur. (Robert spends the whole book making vague dark predictions about future ruin and torment. Evidently, he figures out who murdered George around the same time the reader does, but the idea of bigamy or of tiny, doll-like, angelic-looking women being psychos is so traumatic to him that he's unable to put his suspicion into words until it would be most dramatic he can be sure.)

But wait! As Robert is leaving, George's hot sister comes running after him. She wasn't indifferent after all. Far from it:

"I have grown up in an atmosphere of suppression," she said, quietly; "I have stifled and dwarfed the natural feelings of my heart, until they have become unnatural in their intensity; I have been allowed neither friends nor lovers. My mother died when I was very young. My father has always been to me what you saw him to-day. I have had no one but my brother. All the love that my heart can hold has been centered upon him. Do you wonder, then, that when I hear that his young life has been ended by the hand of treachery, that I wish to see vengeance done upon the traitor? Oh, my God," she cried, suddenly clasping her hands, and looking up at the cold winter sky, "lead me to the murderer of my brother, and let mine be the hand to avenge his untimely death."

Clara Talboys also reveals at this point that she has money left to her by aunts, so she's independently wealthy and can run off from her father's house at any time to pursue her brother's killer if Robert refuses. Oh, here's another of her pronouncements:

"Suffer!" she exclaimed, scornfully. "You talk to me of suffering, when the only creature in this world who ever loved me has been taken from it in the bloom of youth. What can there be for me henceforth but suffering? What is the cold to me?" she said, flinging back her shawl and baring her beautiful head to the bitter wind. "I would walk from here to London barefoot through the snow, and never stop by the way, if I could bring him back to life. What would I not do to bring him back? What would I not do?"

Like Robert, Clara is really quiet normally. Like Robert, when she finally decides to say anything or have an emotional reaction, it's completely over the top melodrama. Robert is suitably impressed:

Robert looked at her with a tender compassion in his face; she was so like the friend whom he had loved and lost, that it was impossible for him to think of her as a stranger; impossible to remember that they had met that morning for the first time.

Yup. George's hot sister looks like George and is independently wealthy and as crazy about George as Robert is. It's love at first second sight. Robert thinks of her often for the rest of the book. Her steadfast desire to see justice done drives him on. Okay, fine, her hotness drives him on. We get many descriptions of her unparalleled charms, such charms as: "the dark-brown eyes that were so like the eyes of his lost friend". Letters from her set him aflutter. For example:

"From Clara Talboys," he murmured slowly, as he looked critically at the clearly-shaped letters of his name and address. "Yes, from Clara Talboys, most decidedly; I recognized a feminine resemblance to poor George's hand; neater than his, and more decided than his, but very like, very like."

Yes, even Clara's handwriting resembles George's. Obviously, she is the perfect woman. Robert says a lot of sexist things about the various other women in the book. None of them resemble George very much. He spends some more time being confused at his cousin, who is still in love with him and about whom he still feels tepidly and cannot force himself to love for some reason he cannot fathom--and some more time angsting over George. Honestly, Robert. How anyone in this book fails to get why you aren't in love with your cousin... Though maybe the cousin isn't so confused. Her main comment about Robert and George is to compare them to Damon and Pythias.

Eventually, Robert assembles enough circumstantial evidence to confront Lucy Audley and force her to confess to bigamy in front of his heartbroken uncle. He packs uncle and cousin off to London and takes Lucy to an insane asylum in Belgium. Surprise! Lady Audley's actual big secret isn't that she pushed George down the well: it's that she's MAD, MAD I SAY, in allcaps and because of some hereditary mumbo-jumbo. (Seriously, the book suddenly switches to allcaps when she reveals that she's MAD. Epic lulz! Wait, wait, I mean it was very dramatic and moving.) This book used to be a perennial favorite with stage adaptations and name recognition. Reactions are quite mixed these days. I think the book is a lot less sexist than people imagine. Lucy is a total badass who nearly gets away with it, and the doctor is not at all convinced she's actually mad and comments that wanting a better life is normal. That doesn't mean I like that travesty of a TV adaptation with its horrible miscasting and deletion of Clara Talboys. Making Lucy an awesome villain would have been more feminist than that rambling pile of garbage.

Once they're at the madhouse, Lucy, by now having detected just how extremely gay Robert is for her husband, finally confesses to pushing him down the well. Robert recoils like a gothic heroine:

Robert Audley flung his hands and clasped them above his head, with one loud cry of horror.

"Oh, my God!" he said, after a dreadful pause; "have all the ghastly things that I have thought prepared me so little for the ghastly truth, that it should come upon me like this at last?"

Some more drama-llama-ing later, we get this:

Mr. Audley drove to the Temple. The chambers which had seemed dreary to him ever since the disappearance of George Talboys, were doubly so to-night. For that which had been only a dark suspicion had now become a horrible certainty. There was no longer room for the palest ray, the most transitory glimmer of hope. His worst terrors had been too well founded.

Must Robert leave George's body in unconsecrated ground? If he tries to retrieve it, won't that mean a criminal trial and ruin, ruin? Should he lie to Clara? The angst! The tragedy!

Robert Audley shrank strangely from returning to Essex. How should he meet Clara Talboys now that he knew the secret of her brother's fate? How many lies he should have to tell, or how much equivocation he must use in order to keep the truth from her? Yet would there be any mercy in telling that horrible story, the knowledge of which must cast a blight upon her youth, and blot out every hope she had even secretly cherished? He knew by his own experience how possible it was to hope against hope, and to hope unconsciously; and he could not bear that her heart should be crushed as his had been by the knowledge of the truth. "Better that she should hope vainly to the last," he thought; "better that she should go through life seeking the clew to her lost brother's fate, than that I should give that clew into her hands, and say, 'Our worst fears are realized. The brother you loved has been foully murdered in the early promise of his youth.'"

Robert has secretly hoped for the entire book that the incredibly obvious fact that Lucy pushed George down the well was not true. Alas! Now he has proof. Really, really, really positive proof that it is definitely true! He's really, really dead for real, guys! Yes, this is the point in the book where I figured out how it was actually going to end, and so will you.

Spoiler: He ain't dead.

George climbed back out of the well. With a broken arm no less. And then he took his big, strapping, manly self off to foreign parts to sulk. Too bad the letter to his wife telling her he was leaving forever and she didn't need to worry and the letter to Robert going 'If we were ever friends, forget you ever knew me!' went astray. (Also, George is an idiot. Robert would have come looking for him. But George being an idiot is nothing new by this point in the book.) Luckily for Robert, he does eventually get the letter and before he has to decide whether to lie to Clara or not. Then he hangs out at her father's house for a few weeks, gets the father to agree to forgive George, and offers to run off to Australia to look for him. Clara feels this is asking too much of him and that, if she were a man, she would go. Robert proposes. Now they can go look for George together! (I really cannot overstate how much every single passage about their blossoming love is rife with references to how much she looks like George or how they have a natural affinity because of what they have in common: George. As I said when I first read this book: "Are you fucking kidding me?")

After proposing, Robert returns to London to sort out his affairs only to find... George. Apparently, he decided to go to New York instead of Australia, meaning to go West and look for gold. Because he was never, every going to return so that his evil wife could live in peace and because his heart was broken forever and he could never face the thought of England again... But, well...

"I yearned for the strong grasp of your hand, Bob; the friendly touch of the hand which had guided me through the darkest passage of my life."

Okay, so not so much with the avoiding England, huh, George? So how does it end?

Mr. Audley's dream of a fairy cottage has been realized between Teddington Locks and Hampton Bridge, where, amid a little forest of foliage, there is a fantastical dwelling place of rustic woodwork, whose latticed windows look out upon the river.

The ancestral pile is now abandoned because everyone finds it too traumatic to visit, and Robert needs to be in London to practice law. (Clara makes him actually do something with his life, finally.) So they move in together and live happily ever after. Aww. Oh, wait, did I you think I meant Robert and Clara? Oh no, that's Robert and Clara and George.

So, yeah, people have always lived with their relatives, but, seriously, have you read this book? Hello, subtext! I know Robert spent the whole thing moaning about unnatural perversities (like bigamy), but you can't tell me those three aren't shacked up at the end!

What would I like out of fic? Emo melodrama like the canon? Purple prose Victorian porn? Hand-wringing over whether their love is ~wrong~? A missing scene of tepid torrid passion from when George was staying with Robert the first time? The conversation where George finds out Robert never got his letter and spent months searching for his killer? Pregnancy drama over whose kid it really is and whether it will have two heads? Really, as long as it's overwrought and corny, you cannot err with Lady Audley's Secret. Mary Elizabeth Braddon brings the good crack and so should you.

Chee and Leaphorn Series (TV)
Emma Leaphorn, Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn

Has anyone besides me ever seen these three tv movies? I hope so because the leads are smokin' hot, the scenery is gorgeous, and the mysteries are fun. If you're familiar with the books, I'll warn you now that the tv versions are often filmed in the wrong places (noticeable if you live in the area, I'm told, though not so off that I can tell from my dim memories of vacationing in the Southwest since they're still in the same general part of the country), one of the plots is completely changed, and there's a major retcon. Of course... the major retcon is that Emma lives and is an actual character we get to see instead of an offscreen source of manpain for Joe. I like the books too, but this change makes the tv version beat them by miles for me. That and the fact that Jim Chee's tiresome love life is simplified and less central. It's still tiresome though, so what I would most like for yuletide would be, you guessed it: Chee/Leaphorn/Emma Leaphorn OT3!

Why Joe and Jim? Jim Chee is the young, eager cop with a chip on his shoulder who is desperate for approval from his gruff, grumpy superior. You can tell Joe likes him but is too crotchety to show affection easily. But he worries about him! He goes to check up on him! He tells him he needs a wife!

Why Joe and Emma? The books tell us this was the epic romance of the ages, but we don't really see it there. On TV, they convinced me. They're adorable and in love and him just falling apart because she's dying is so painful and beautiful and hits me right in the id. (But only because she gets better. I really, really hate deathfic. Please continue with the delightful retcon from the TV series.)

Why Jim and Emma? Wow, based on the books, this would never have occurred to me, even if the idea of keeping Emma alive had, but it works so well. Jim is the traditionalist trying to figure out how to get Joe to respect his beliefs; he goes to Emma to gossip... err... ask for help dealing with Joe. The two of them gang up on Joe. Oh yeah, and Jim's response to the suggestion that he needs a wife? Have a look:

password = password

What makes this so delicious as an OT3 to me? Well, aside from the intriguing exchange above, I love Jim's frustrated need for approval. If he had a thing for his boss, the fact that the guy is legendarily in love with his wife and that she and Jim are friends would make it so much worse. Just think of the epic pining! And I think Emma would find the whole idea incredibly hilarious: just look at the potential to needle her husband about straying eyes or watch Jim falling all over himself guiltily. Adding sex would only make their canon dynamic more amusing.

And then there's the other reason: Janet Pete. Poor Chee. He really cannot catch a break. Whether it's in the books or in the tv series, he is a complete idiot about women, always picking ones who are the absolute worst for him. There's nothing wrong with Janet, but her tastes and aspirations are completely incompatible with Jim's, and everybody but the two of them knows it. (Though at least the tv series just stuck with her. Mary is not in evidence.) Chee needs someone with sense to sort out his love life for him because he is obviously incapable of doing it for himself.

Emma and Joe are these people. I mean, look, Chee performs the most basic buddy cop demonstration of love known from all other buddy cop series: Emma bursts in on his date with Janet to tell him her husband is missing, and Jim drops everything to run off and look for him. Janet is pissed, and Jim is all "She has cancer! I can't not look for him!" but you know what he really means is "I'm a buddy cop! I'm not allowed to have dates that go uninterrupted by partner drama!" (Yes, okay, Joe is his boss, not his partner, but still.) And he's so worried. Aww. Mostly needlessly, of course. And there's that time Joe shot a rattlesnake for him. (Wes Studi is so hot in that scene. Woof!) And there's the whole thing where Emma credits Jim with her recovery, at least partly. And they all belong together, okay?!

For this fandom, what I would most like to see would be classic tropes: Jim having to give Emma the bad news, bad idea comfort sex, and then epic guilt when said news turns out to have been a bit premature. Killer weather and people possibly swept away by floods and huddling for warmth. (Yes, I know the actual books are full of this. That doesn't mean you can't write more of it.) One of them left behind to die of a rattlesnake bite of dubious fatality while the other one is dragged off by this week's villains. All of the many other variants of someone being left in the wilderness to die. (Yes, the billion times this happens in the books are also not enough for me.) A movieverse version of that time Joe found Jim shot and thought he was too late. (Curse them for changing that part of the plot of Skinwalkers!) Ridiculous h/c and OTT emotion and pining and guilt!

This is buddy cops plus scenery porn. What's not to like?

Il buono il brutto il cattivo | The Good The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
Tuco Ramirez, "Blondie" | The Man with No Name

What I would like from this fandom is post-canon dirtybadwrong breathplay fic. Don't look at me like that! You signed up for it! What did you think I was going to ask for? Normally, I am extremely tl;dr in letters, but a picture--or, in this case, a cheesy slash vid--is worth a thousand words:

Rewatching this movie to make this vid, I was struck at how strongly these two seem to feel about each other, and it's not all bad. Tuco is so happy whenever he thinks Blondie is choosing him over somebody else. Blondie, for his part, seems quite upset in his ultra-stoic way when he sees the bloodstains on the floor and asks if Tuco is dead, and he totally twigs to Tuco's emotional state regarding his brother and they share a cigarette. The way Blondie leaves Tuco alive at the end makes very little sense: it's dangerous as hell because Tuco is a vindictive son of a bitch, and Blondie is all about self preservation. I think there are some kinds of revenge he might not mind so much. I'm not into permanent damage, but other than that, get as kinky and wrong, wrong, wrong as you like here. Oral fixations and nooses and dubcon, oh my!

Audrey Parker, Duke Crocker, Nathan Wuornos

Haven is my big fandom right now. It feels a little active for Yuletide, but since this is the first year I'm into it and the last year it's likely to be in Yuletide, I'm requesting it anyway. Nathan/Audrey/Duke is my OTP, though I can like each of them paired with some other character and adding people to the OT3 (where by "people", I mean "Jennifer"). Haven is awesome, and I will like most anything for it as long as you avoid Nathan/Audrey as epic romance and avoid any endgame ship of just two of the leads without the third. I like Nathan and Audrey's season 1 buddy cop antics; once they get into crying and destiny and pregnancy, my libido shrivels up in horror. If anybody's got a destined thing going on in the mythology, it's Audrey and the Crockers. If anybody actually has a big, mutual, eternal, codependent love, it's Nathan and Duke.

So far, I'm really loving season 4, maybe the best out of anything yet. Jennifer is adorable. Jordan is still her badass self and not dead to my total shock. Dwight has a bigger role and is as lovable as always. Watching Duke interact with his brother is interesting. But, uh oh, that means dealing with an ongoing canon during the Yuletide writing period. I'm totally fine with canon divergence AUs if you want to go that route. If you want to set your fic early in S4, it's fine to leave out Audrey as an actual presence in the fic (though if anyone in Haven ever stops thinking about her for two seconds, I'll eat my hat). Setting your fic elsewhere in canon is fine too, but I really love where Nathan and Duke's relationship has gotten to by now:

What? Okay, fine, that's what the actors are like by this point in the show, trolling of twitter and all. But the point is that everyone's being all tragic and adorable in season 4 and Nathan is no longer randomly enraged and accusing Duke of nonsensical things. I wish I could give a better prompt for Lexi than "Give me your earrings and tell me about this 'mac & cheese'!" (Rhonda, your breasts were perfect! *sob*) but we won't know how she's interacting with the guys until Friday. Check out [community profile] havenfans for many instances of me flailing about Haven and future episode discussion posts if you want to stalk my reactions to new canon.

I've written a fic in this fandom and done a bunch of vids and posted all over the internet that all may follow and obey... err... I mean... so that other people can hear about what a great show it is. If we matched on this, you could probably spend the entire writing period reading my blather about the canon. If your eyes are rolling back in your head at the thought of trying to make it through all that and come up with a plotbunny that will please me, I'm always up for some dirtybadwrong where something goes awry with Duke's powers and porn ensues. Now that we have canon confirmation that absorbing Troubled blood feels very, very good, it's time for fandom to provide me with lots and lots of bloodplay. Is Nathan experimenting just to be sure what will happen after repeated applications? (The dude already has a death wish, and now Lexi is back and doesn't even know him.) Is it case related? An accident? Does something happen with Jennifer? I can only imagine Duke's abject horror because she's so cute and little. Jennifer, in contrast, spent the last episode staring at Duke's ass and arms while he babbled mystically about yoga. (She totally did! You know she did! Jennifer is a girl of earthy, beer pong-y tastes.) I envision her response being less "Oh no, trauma!" and more "AGAIN! AGAIN!" (Yes, I love sex pollen fic where somebody feels guilty and somebody turns out to be a sex fiend. What can I say. I wouldn't say no to Duke/Jennifer/Nathan either, if it's while Lexi/Audrey is still in the barn, or to a foursome if it isn't. Or Lexi hitting on all of the ladies to Duke and Nathan's consternation.)

I do love me some shippy casefic if you're prepared to write something longer.

While I find habitually insecure characters a gigantic turnoff, I love seeing Duke's insecurity about Nathan because Duke is normally such a self-confident character, but he's just so hopelessly hung up on a guy who appears to want him dead for a lot of the series that he's uniquely vulnerable here. If it were Nice Guy-itus, it would still bother me, but I'm pretty sure Nathan has it at least as bad; he was just more in denial before. Seeing Duke tell Jennifer their relationship was "complicated" and then seeing Nathan's real reaction to having him back was catnip. Write me something about Nathan finally getting a clue about just how much Duke cares about him and convincing him it's mutual. Though maybe that's too functional... More plausible would be Nathan, out of his mind under the influence of some Trouble, abusing handcuffs, police powers, and Duke--and managing to show how mutual it is in the process. (Poor Yulegoat, I hope you're not one of those people who shudders at the very mention of dubcon. By my count, that's about four thousand references in this letter so far. ;D)

I also normally find yenta plots annoying, but... Jennifer... You can't tell me she didn't hear that "complicated" as "It's Complicated" a la Facebook. You can't tell me she wouldn't be tempted to meddle--or at least accidentally say something awkward that makes both Nathan and Duke go "What? We're not..." and then look at each other like deer in the headlights.

Okay, okay, for an actual short-ish missing scene-y idea, I did love watching Duke's faaaaaaace when he thought Nathan was about to die in this last episode. Write me something about that: the scene itself, the aftermath, the comfort sex.

I'm sure I'll have plenty more to say about Lexi soon, but today is not that day.
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[personal profile] lilly_the_kid 2013-10-07 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I will be waiting for the Good the Bad and the Ugly fic with... bated breath... I'm sorry...
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[personal profile] lilly_the_kid 2013-10-31 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
Believe me, I know... I just perused this letter again (love your general tastes btw) and DAMMIT, HOW DID I MISS "IT'S ALL COMING BACK TO ME NOW"? I have soooooooo many serious feelings now!!! I mean like seriously serious!!!
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[personal profile] isis 2013-10-07 10:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Wes Studi is so hot, period.
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[personal profile] coinin 2013-10-08 06:41 am (UTC)(link)
That Sherman Alexie article was so great. :D